Favorite Westerns

by quietgiant2 | created - 09 Feb 2011 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

The theme of western movies is often the same. To choose my favorite ones, preferred to think of those which have an unusual perspective. I

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1. High Noon (1952)

PG | 85 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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89 Metascore

A town marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 85,223 | Gross: $9.45M

2. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

PG-13 | 164 min | Western

8.6
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80 Metascore

A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 242,645 | Gross: $5.32M

3. Unforgiven (1992)

R | 130 min | Drama, Western

8.2
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85 Metascore

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

Votes: 308,310 | Gross: $101.16M

4. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

R | 178 min | Western

8.9
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90 Metascore

A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Votes: 559,112 | Gross: $6.10M

5. The Alamo (2004)

PG-13 | 137 min | Drama, History, War

6.0
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47 Metascore

Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Emilio Echevarría, Jason Patric

Votes: 17,749 | Gross: $22.41M

6. Little Big Man (1970)

PG-13 | 139 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.6
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63 Metascore

Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Native Americans and fighting with General Custer.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George, Martin Balsam

Votes: 28,755 | Gross: $31.56M

7. El Dorado (1967)

Approved | 126 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.6
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Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan, Charlene Holt

Votes: 19,682 | Gross: $12.97M

8. The Beguiled (1971)

R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller, War

7.2
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While imprisoned in a Confederate girls' boarding school, an injured Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women's hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, Jo Ann Harris

Votes: 12,355

9. Duel in the Sun (1946)

Unrated | 129 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.9
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Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad.

Directors: King Vidor, Otto Brower, William Dieterle, Sidney Franklin, William Cameron Menzies, David O. Selznick, Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Gregory Peck, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 6,828 | Gross: $20.40M

10. The Far Country (1954)

Approved | 97 min | Romance, Western

7.2
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A self-minded adventurer (Jeff Webster) locks horns with a crooked lawman (Mr. Gannon) while driving cattle to Dawson.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Ruth Roman, Corinne Calvet, Walter Brennan

Votes: 5,408

11. Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)

Approved | 95 min | Romance, Western

7.4
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A marshal tries to bring the son of an old friend, an autocratic cattle baron, to justice for the rape and murder of his wife.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Carolyn Jones, Earl Holliman

Votes: 5,225

12. Sergeant Rutledge (1960)

Approved | 111 min | Crime, Western

7.5
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Respected black cavalry Sergeant Brax Rutledge stands court-martial for raping and killing a white woman and murdering her father, his superior officer.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Woody Strode, Constance Towers, Billie Burke

Votes: 3,165

13. Dances with Wolves (1990)

PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

8.0
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72 Metascore

Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

Votes: 203,235 | Gross: $184.21M

14. Hombre (1967)

Approved | 111 min | Western

7.4
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80 Metascore

John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Indians, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Fredric March, Richard Boone, Diane Cilento

Votes: 9,304

15. Stagecoach (1939)

Not Rated | 96 min | Adventure, Western

7.9
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A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine

Votes: 34,400

16. The Cowboys (1972)

GP | 134 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.4
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Rancher Wil Andersen is forced to hire inexperienced boys as cowhands in order to get his herd to market on time but the rough drive is full of dangers and a gang of cattle rustlers is trailing them.

Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern, Colleen Dewhurst

Votes: 11,119 | Gross: $7.50M

17. The Last Hunt (1956)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Western

7.0
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In 1883 South Dakota, two buffalo hunters start a personal feud over a captured squaw and a stand-off with a Dakota raiding party over some stolen horses.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger, Lloyd Nolan, Debra Paget

Votes: 1,079

18. One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

Not Rated | 141 min | Western

7.2
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After robbing a Mexican bank, Dad Longworth takes the loot and leaves his partner Rio to be captured but Rio escapes and searches for Dad in California.

Director: Marlon Brando | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Pina Pellicer, Katy Jurado

Votes: 7,729

19. A Man Alone (1955)

Approved | 96 min | Romance, Western

6.4
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A gunfighter's main hope lies in the trust of a beautiful woman who hides him out when he is wrongly suspected of a stagecoach massacre.

Director: Ray Milland | Stars: Ray Milland, Mary Murphy, Ward Bond, Raymond Burr

Votes: 567

20. Return of the Gunfighter (1967)

Not Rated | 98 min | Romance, Western

6.4
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An aging gunman and a wounded drifter come upon a young Mexican girl, and agree to help her avenge the death of her father, who was murdered for their land.

Director: James Neilson | Stars: Robert Taylor, Chad Everett, Ana Martín, Mort Mills

Votes: 401

21. The Last Sunset (1961)

Approved | 112 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.8
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At a Mexican ranch, fugitive O'Malley and pursuing sheriff Stribling agree to help rancher Breckenridge drive his herd into Texas where Stribling could legally arrest O'Malley but Breckenridge's wife complicates things.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Dorothy Malone, Joseph Cotten

Votes: 2,135

22. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.1
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58 Metascore

Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin

Votes: 168,715 | Gross: $102.31M

23. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Western

8.1
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When a posse captures three men suspected of killing a local farmer, they become strongly divided over whether or not to lynch the men.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn

Votes: 17,386

24. The Great Silence (1968)

Not Rated | 105 min | Western

7.8
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A mute gunfighter defends a young widow and a group of outlaws against a gang of bounty killers in the winter of 1898, and a grim, tense struggle unfolds.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski, Frank Wolff, Vonetta McGee

Votes: 10,688

25. 3 Godfathers (1948)

Passed | 106 min | Drama, Western

7.2
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When 3 outlaws on the run find a dying woman and her newborn baby in the desert they vow to save the child.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Pedro Armendáriz, Harry Carey Jr., Ward Bond

Votes: 6,739

26. The Searchers (1956)

Not Rated | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

8.0
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An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond

Votes: 67,877

27. Vera Cruz (1954)

Approved | 94 min | Adventure, Western

7.1
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During the Mexican Rebellion of 1866, an unsavory group of American adventurers are hired by the forces of Emporer Maximilian to escort a countess to Vera Cruz.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Denise Darcel, Cesar Romero

Votes: 7,226

28. Glory (1989)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 107,962 | Gross: $26.83M

29. My Name Is Nobody (1973)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Western

7.5
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A young, easygoing gunman (Hill) worships and competes with an old gunfighter (Fonda) who only wants to retire.

Director: Tonino Valerii | Stars: Terence Hill, Henry Fonda, Jean Martin, R.G. Armstrong

Votes: 19,297

30. The Wild Bunch (1969)

R | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Western

8.0
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An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 67,513

31. Duck, You Sucker (1971)

PG | 138 min | War, Western

7.7
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77 Metascore

An I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they are drawn into the Mexican revolution.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Rod Steiger, James Coburn, Romolo Valli, Maria Monti

Votes: 23,823

32. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

Approved | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Western

7.2
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Lawman Wyatt Earp and outlaw Doc Holliday form an unlikely alliance which culminates in their participation in the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming, Jo Van Fleet

Votes: 11,301 | Gross: $11.75M

33. The Horse Soldiers (1959)

Approved | 120 min | Adventure, Romance, War

7.2
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In 1863, a Union outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in Mississippi to destroy enemy railroads but a captive southern belle and the unit's doctor cause frictions within ranks.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers, Judson Pratt

Votes: 7,537

34. A Man Called Horse (1970)

M | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

6.9
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In 1825, an English aristocrat is captured by Native Americans. He lives with them and begins to understand their way of life. Eventually, he is accepted as part of the tribe and aspires to become their leader.

Director: Elliot Silverstein | Stars: Richard Harris, Judith Anderson, Jean Gascon, Manu Tupou

Votes: 7,063

35. The Missouri Breaks (1976)

PG | 126 min | Drama, Western

6.6
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Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Kathleen Lloyd

Votes: 7,725 | Gross: $14.00M

36. True Grit (2010)

PG-13 | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.6
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80 Metascore

A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin

Votes: 262,498 | Gross: $171.24M

37. High Plains Drifter (1973)

R | 105 min | Mystery, Western

7.6
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A gunfighting stranger comes to the small settlement of Lago and is hired to bring the townsfolk together in an attempt to hold off three outlaws who are on their way.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitchell Ryan

Votes: 40,756 | Gross: $15.70M

38. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

PG | 135 min | Western

7.9
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69 Metascore

A Missouri farmer joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Chief Dan George, Bill McKinney

Votes: 55,099 | Gross: $31.80M

39. The Left Handed Gun (1958)

Approved | 102 min | Western

6.5
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After his employer is murdered by rival cattlemen, a troubled and uneducated young cowboy vows revenge on the murderers.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Paul Newman, Lita Milan, John Dehner, Hurd Hatfield

Votes: 3,217

40. Ride the High Country (1962)

Approved | 94 min | Western

7.6
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An ex-union soldier is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott, Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr

Votes: 10,116

41. Alvarez Kelly (1966)

Approved | 116 min | Western

6.4
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During the Civil War, Mexican cattleman Alvarez Kelly supplies the Union with cattle until Confederate Colonel Tom Rossiter's hungry men force Kelly to change his customers.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: William Holden, Richard Widmark, Janice Rule, Patrick O'Neal

Votes: 1,735

42. The Tall T (1957)

Approved | 78 min | Romance, Thriller, Western

7.4
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An independent former ranch foreman is kidnapped along with an heiress, who is being held for ransom by trio of ruthless outlaws.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Randolph Scott, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Sullivan, Arthur Hunnicutt

Votes: 3,336

43. North to Alaska (1960)

Approved | 122 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

7.0
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During the Alaska gold rush, prospector George sends partner Sam to Seattle to bring his fiancée but when it turns out that she married another man, Sam returns with a pretty substitute, the hostess of the Henhouse dance hall.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, Fabian

Votes: 5,695

44. Broken Lance (1954)

Approved | 96 min | Adventure, Western

7.0
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The saga of the Devereaux rancher family, set in 1880's Arizona.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Jean Peters, Richard Widmark

Votes: 2,740

45. Appaloosa (2008)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.8
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64 Metascore

Two friends hired to police a small town that is suffering under the rule of a rancher find their job complicated by the arrival of a young widow.

Director: Ed Harris | Stars: Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renée Zellweger, Jeremy Irons

Votes: 53,189 | Gross: $20.21M

46. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

R | 99 min | Western

8.0
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65 Metascore

A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy

Votes: 163,419 | Gross: $14.50M

47. Blood for a Silver Dollar (1965)

98 min | Action, Romance, Western

6.6
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Giuliano Gemma plays a confederate soldier who returns from the war to fight one at home. Unbeknownst to him, his brother has become the infamous gunfighter "Black Jack" to defeat the local... See full summary »

Director: Giorgio Ferroni | Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Ida Galli, Pierre Cressoy, Giuseppe Addobbati

Votes: 744

48. The Paleface (1948)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Western

6.9
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Calamity Jane is despatched to find out who's smuggling rifles to the Indians, and winds up married to a hapless correspondence school dentist as part of her cover.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Bob Hope, Jane Russell, Robert Armstrong, Iris Adrian

Votes: 3,056

49. Broken Arrow (1950)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.2
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Tom Jeffords tries to make peace between settlers and Apaches.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: James Stewart, Jeff Chandler, Debra Paget, Basil Ruysdael

Votes: 6,006

50. Wyatt Earp (1994)

PG-13 | 191 min | Adventure, Biography, Crime

6.7
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47 Metascore

The story of Wyatt Earp as he interacts and battles other famous figures of the Wild West era.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, David Andrews

Votes: 38,500 | Gross: $25.05M

51. Will Penny (1967)

Approved | 108 min | Romance, Western

7.2
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Aging cowboy Will Penny gets a line camp job on a large cattle spread and finds his isolated cabin is already occupied by a husbandless woman and her young son.

Director: Tom Gries | Stars: Charlton Heston, Joan Hackett, Donald Pleasence, Lee Majors

Votes: 3,339

52. Posse (1975)

PG | 92 min | Western

6.6
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An unscrupulous politico marshal and his deputies chase a gang of train robbers whose leader proves that every man has his price.

Director: Kirk Douglas | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Bruce Dern, Bo Hopkins, James Stacy

Votes: 1,375

53. A Pistol for Ringo (1965)

Unrated | 98 min | Action, Drama, Western

6.6
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An 'angel-faced' gunfighter is tasked with infiltrating a ranch overrun by Mexican bandits and saving their hostages, including the fiancée of the local sheriff.

Director: Duccio Tessari | Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Fernando Sancho, Lorella De Luca, Nieves Navarro

Votes: 980

54. Hang 'Em High (1968)

M | 114 min | Western

7.0
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When an innocent man barely survives a lynching, he returns as a lawman determined to bring the vigilantes to justice.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Inger Stevens, Pat Hingle, Ed Begley

Votes: 28,323

55. Dark Command (1940)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.9
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In Kansas, during the Civil War opposing pro-Union and pro-Confederate camps clash and visiting Texan Bob Seton runs afoul of William Cantrell's Raiders.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Walter Pidgeon, Roy Rogers

Votes: 1,835

56. Man Without a Star (1955)

Approved | 89 min | Western

7.0
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A drifter working as foreman for an iron-fist female rancher must chose sides between his attractive employer and the other neighboring settlers who are mistreated by her.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain, Claire Trevor, William Campbell

Votes: 2,255

57. Big Jake (1971)

GP | 110 min | Western

7.2
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In 1909, when John Fain's gang kidnaps Big Jake McCandles' grandson and hold him for ransom, Big Jake sets out to rescue the boy.

Directors: George Sherman, John Wayne | Stars: John Wayne, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne

Votes: 8,936 | Gross: $7.50M

58. Pale Rider (1985)

R | 115 min | Western

7.3
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61 Metascore

A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Sydney Penny

Votes: 43,580 | Gross: $41.41M

59. Bite the Bullet (1975)

PG | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Western

6.8
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A group of ex-rough riders, an ex-prostitute and a gunfighter enter a horse race in the desert.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, James Coburn, Ben Johnson

Votes: 4,085

60. The Wild North (1952)

97 min | Adventure, Romance, Western

6.6
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In the Canadian mountains, a trapper goes on the run accused of a crime, and is pursued by a rugged and determined lawman.

Director: Andrew Marton | Stars: Stewart Granger, Wendell Corey, Cyd Charisse, Morgan Farley

Votes: 523

61. Major Dundee (1965)

Approved | 123 min | Adventure, War, Western

6.8
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62 Metascore

In 1864, due to frequent Apache raids from Mexico into the U.S., a Union officer decides to illegally cross the border and destroy the Apache, using a mixed army of Union troops, Confederate POWs, civilian mercenaries, and scouts.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton, James Coburn

Votes: 5,856 | Gross: $0.01M

62. The Hanging Tree (1959)

Not Rated | 107 min | Western

7.2
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Character study of a Doctor who saves a local criminal from a mob who are trying to hang him, but then tries to control the life of the young man, realizing that he can exploit his secret.

Directors: Delmer Daves, Karl Malden, Vincent Sherman | Stars: Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, Karl Malden, George C. Scott

Votes: 2,778

63. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Western

7.4
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An aging Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons--his sole purpose being to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado

Votes: 14,837

64. The Red Badge of Courage (1951)

Approved | 69 min | Drama, War

7.3
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Truncated adaptation of Stephen Crane's novel about a Civil War Union soldier who stuggles to find the courage to fight in the heat of battle.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Audie Murphy, Bill Mauldin, Douglas Dick, Royal Dano

Votes: 3,345

65. Warlock (1959)

Approved | 122 min | Western

7.3
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A famous gunman becomes the marshal of Warlock to end a gang's rampages, but is met with some opposition by a former gang member turned deputy sheriff who wants to follow only legal methods.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Dorothy Malone

Votes: 4,126 | Gross: $3.71M

66. The Long Riders (1980)

R | 100 min | Western

7.1
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64 Metascore

The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the Jesse James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Dennis Quaid, Keith Carradine

Votes: 8,079 | Gross: $23.00M

67. Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969)

G | 92 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

7.5
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In the old west, a man becomes a sheriff just for the pay, figuring he can decamp if things get tough. In the end, he uses ingenuity instead.

Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: James Garner, Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan

Votes: 8,347

68. Cheyenne Autumn (1964)

Not Rated | 154 min | Drama, History, Western

6.8
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The Cheyenne, tired of broken U.S. government promises, head for their ancestral lands but a sympathetic cavalry officer is tasked to bring them back to their reservation.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, Karl Malden, Sal Mineo

Votes: 4,127

69. The Tin Star (1957)

Approved | 93 min | Western

7.4
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A cynical former sheriff turned bounty hunter helps a young, recently appointed acting sheriff with his advice, his experience and his gun.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins, Betsy Palmer, Michel Ray

Votes: 4,017

70. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

R | 120 min | Drama, Western

7.7
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A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois, William Devane

Votes: 18,091

71. Yellow Sky (1948)

Approved | 98 min | Crime, Western

7.5
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A pistol-packing tomboy and her grandfather discover a band of bank robbing bandits taking refuge in the neighboring ghost town.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter, Richard Widmark, Robert Arthur

Votes: 3,447

72. Gettysburg (1993)

PG | 271 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War.

Director: Ron Maxwell | Stars: Tom Berenger, Martin Sheen, Stephen Lang, Richard Jordan

Votes: 23,115 | Gross: $10.77M

73. Gods and Generals (2003)

PG-13 | 219 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.3
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30 Metascore

The rise and fall of legendary war hero Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863.

Director: Ron Maxwell | Stars: Stephen Lang, Robert Duvall, Jeff Daniels, Donzaleigh Abernathy

Votes: 13,901 | Gross: $12.87M

74. Cimarron (1960)

Approved | 147 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.4
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The Oklahoma Land Run of April 1889 sets the stage for an epic saga of a frontier family and its friends.

Directors: Anthony Mann, Charles Walters | Stars: Glenn Ford, Maria Schell, Anne Baxter, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 2,146

75. Night Passage (1957)

Approved | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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A fired railroad man is rehired and trusted to carry a 10,000 dollar payroll in secret, even though he is suspected of being connected to outlaws.

Director: James Neilson | Stars: James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea, Dianne Foster

Votes: 2,781

76. The Naked Spur (1953)

Passed | 91 min | Thriller, Western

7.4
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A bounty hunter trying to bring a murderer to justice is forced to accept the help of two less-than-trustworthy strangers.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker

Votes: 8,398

77. Apache (1954)

Not Rated | 91 min | Western

6.4
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Refusing to let himself be re-settled on a Florida reservation, Massai, an Apache warrior, escapes his captors and returns to his homeland to become a peaceful farmer.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Jean Peters, John McIntire, Charles Bronson

Votes: 3,176 | Gross: $6.00M

78. Geronimo (1962)

Approved | 101 min | Action, Biography, History

5.9
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In 1880s Arizona, General Crook and his troops are trying to subdue the last tribe of Apache led by Geronimo.

Director: Arnold Laven | Stars: Chuck Connors, Kamala Devi, Pat Conway, Armando Silvestre

Votes: 812

79. Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, History, Western

6.5
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The story of the Apache chief and his armed resistance to the U.S. Government's subjugation of his people.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Jason Patric, Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall, Wes Studi

Votes: 7,256 | Gross: $18.64M

80. Shane (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Western

7.7
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A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde

Votes: 30,821 | Gross: $20.00M

81. The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Not Rated | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Western

7.8
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An oppressed Mexican peasant village hires seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach

Votes: 75,061 | Gross: $4.91M

82. Johnny Guitar (1954)

Passed | 110 min | Drama, Western

7.7
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83 Metascore

After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady

Votes: 12,455

83. Winchester '73 (1950)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Drama, Western

7.7
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The journey of a prized rifle from one ill-fated owner to another parallels a cowboy's search for a murderous fugitive.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally

Votes: 13,754

84. Rio Grande (1950)

Approved | 105 min | Romance, Western

7.2
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A cavalry officer posted on the Rio Grande must deal with murderous raiding Apaches, his son who's a risk-taking recruit and his wife from whom he has been separated for many years.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman Jr.

Votes: 11,449

85. 3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

7.6
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Broke small-time rancher Dan Evans is hired by the stagecoach line to put big-time captured outlaw leader Ben Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma but Wade's gang tries to free him.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Felicia Farr, Leora Dana

Votes: 15,492

86. Death Rides a Horse (1967)

R | 114 min | Western

7.2
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A young gunfighter plans to track down and eliminate the bandits who killed his family, and forms a tenuous alliance with an aging ex-outlaw to achieve this end.

Director: Giulio Petroni | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, Mario Brega, Luigi Pistilli

Votes: 5,410

87. The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Jason Robards, Stella Stevens, David Warner, Strother Martin

Votes: 6,951 | Gross: $3.50M

88. Man of the West (1958)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.2
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A reformed outlaw becomes stranded after an aborted train robbery with two other passengers and is forced to rejoin his old outlaw band.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Gary Cooper, Julie London, Lee J. Cobb, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 5,278

89. Sabata (1969)

PG-13 | 111 min | Western

6.8
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A master gunfighter teams up with his banjo-playing partner and a Mexican bandit to foil the town leaders of Daugherty, Texas, who want to steal $100,000 from their own bank to buy land that the approaching railroad will cross.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, William Berger, Ignazio Spalla, Aldo Canti

Votes: 3,566

90. Jesse James (1939)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.1
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After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.

Directors: Henry King, Irving Cummings | Stars: Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly, Randolph Scott

Votes: 3,279

91. The True Story of Jesse James (1957)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Biography, Crime

6.3
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The last eighteen years in the life of Jesse James, showing his home life in Missouri, his experiences with Quantrill's raiders, his career of banditry with his brother Frank and the ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Hope Lange, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 915

92. Arizona (1940)

Approved | 125 min | Western

6.9
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During the 1860s Tucson, a pioneer woman struggles to succeed in the freight and cattle business while at risk at the hands of corrupt and violent local businessmen and rampaging Indians.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Jean Arthur, William Holden, Warren William, Porter Hall

Votes: 873

93. 7 Men from Now (1956)

Approved | 78 min | Action, Western

7.5
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A former sheriff blames himself for his wife's death during a Wells Fargo robbery and vows to track down and kill the seven men responsible.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Randolph Scott, Gail Russell, Lee Marvin, Walter Reed

Votes: 3,698

94. McLintock! (1963)

Approved | 127 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

7.3
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Wealthy rancher G.W. McLintock uses his power and influence in the territory to keep the peace between farmers, ranchers, land-grabbers, Indians and corrupt government officials.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers

Votes: 10,222

95. Shenandoah (1965)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, War, Western

7.4
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During the Civil War, a Virginia farmer and his family vow to remain neutral but one of the sons is captured by Union soldiers, sending the farmer to his rescue.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne

Votes: 6,540

96. Angel and the Badman (1947)

Approved | 100 min | Romance, Western

7.0
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Quirt Evans, an all round bad guy, is nursed back to health and sought after by Penelope Worth, a Quaker girl. He eventually finds himself having to choose between his world and the world Penelope lives in.

Director: James Edward Grant | Stars: John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey, Bruce Cabot

Votes: 4,242

97. From Hell to Texas (1958)

100 min | Western

7.0
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When ranch hand Tod Lohman accidentally kills the son of a powerful rancher, he panics and flees, but the rancher and his vengeful crew hunt Tod down.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Don Murray, Diane Varsi, Chill Wills, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 624

98. Hondo (1953)

PG | 83 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.1
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Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and young son living in the midst of warring Apaches and becomes their protector.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate

Votes: 7,484

99. Red Sun (1971)

PG | 112 min | Action, Western

7.0
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In 1870, a gang robs a train and steals a ceremonial Japanese sword meant as a gift from Japan to the U.S. President, prompting a man hunt to retrieve it.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Charles Bronson, Toshirô Mifune, Alain Delon, Ursula Andress

Votes: 6,171

100. Maverick (1994)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.0
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Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Graham Greene

Votes: 89,019 | Gross: $101.63M